This project is for New Year's Organizing Revolution Blog Series,
Week 2 - The Kitchen.
So, here we go.
|Our Old Dresser|
Drawer 1 - Cutlery & Sharp tools
Drawer 2 - Paper, Wraps, & Bags (oh! And clips too)
This, is by far, my favorite drawer... I was so excited to finally have a place to store these items together. Before, the freezer paper box was so long, it didn't fit in our regular kitchen drawers, so, it lived in the pantry. our foil and cling wrap was crammed in a drawer with our zip lock bags, along with dish scrubbing tools, rubber jar openers, and other random kitchen things that didn't have a home. Now, they all live together... happily ever after... so to say. And you see that little square opening? yes... I found a little box and have now stored our chip clips there. Perfect.
Drawer 3 - The odd pans out
I've always had a love-hate relationship with these guys... You have to have them... but... where do you keep them? They've moved all over my kitchen as I tried to find permanent places for them to live... but.. they always created drama for the nice flat cookie sheets. Not any more. Can you believe that I have a total of 16 pans in this drawer?!?! It's a beautiful thing. I also plan to install rubber shelf sheets in the bottom of this drawer, that way, they don't slide around and make a lot of noise. Oh... you odd pans... always creating a ruckus.
Drawer 4 - Party Supplies
Last, but certainly not least, the extra party supplies... and by the looks of this drawer... we are party animals... well, not really. The problem is, the extra napkins, plastic forks and spoons, and bright color bowls after a party, seem to disappear. they get tucked away somewhere, only to show their face again, after I just purchased a new packet of them.. because I couldn't find the leftovers. LOL. Well, I now have a go to place to look for supplies before heading to the party store for our next big event. I also have to share that my son has grown to LOVE stacking cups... he now has easy access to the plastic cups and can pull them out whenever his heart desires.
Now that I knew exactly how the inside was going to be used, it was time to add accessories to the outside.
I found a bamboo paper towel holder that fit just right. YES! This meant I would now free my counter top of paper towels! I also found some small hooks for the other side that could hold items we use on a daily basis.. more of that after we talk about paint. I decided to paint the cabinet the same color of my Kitchen walls... a soft creamy yellow. I also wanted to dress it up a little and paint a faint design on the front of the dresser drawers.
Painting and making it pretty:
I primed and painted the whole dresser and as I waited for the dresser body to dry, I used a stencil from Martha Stewart and rolled a pretty design on the drawer fronts. I didn't wanted it to be subtle, so, I just added a small amount of creamy white acrylic paint to the yellow paint and mixed it together as I rolled over the stencil. Some areas of the design are whiter than others and I love it. I found some beautiful colored ceramic knobs at Hobby Lobby to decorate the drawers. Nice touch... don't you think?
Well, I have a feeling I'll be tweaking this dresser every so often, as with life, everything changes. We still want to attach wheels to make it mobile and I would LOVE to find a beautiful piece of granite for the top... I'm glad I was able to get this far in one weekend. Hope this project is an inspiration to you too!